Now that’s a turtle!
Kevin Enge of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission picked up a 125 pound Alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) from the Suwannee River (see photo). Their is also some great video footage of the turtle under water, see the Ecology section. A sea turtle is rescued from a sand pit on a Jacksonville beach, two Leatherback seaturtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are rescued then released and a University of Queensland study shows more the 30% of stranded seaturtles die due to eating marine debris, see the Conservation section. A seaturtle is rescued after being injured by “good luck” tags attached to its shell, turtles have been stolen from the Pilcher Park Nature Center and two turtles and a tortoise have their day in court, see the Crime & Punishment section.
Turtle News From Around the World
Sea turtle rescued in Jacksonville Beach.
After Rescue, Massive Sea Turtle Released Into Atlantic.
UQ projects win Healthy Waterways awards.
Federal fishery managers question proposed rule on green sea turtles, address allocation of US tuna catches.
Rangers graduate from turtle safety and security training.
125 trees will help protect our turtles.
Frightening 125-pound alligator snapping turtle looks like it just stepped out of Jurassic World.
Tonca the turtle celebrates 49th birthday on July 11 at MOSH.
Sea Turtle and Tern Nests Protected by Nature Foundation Summer Job Students.
Crime & Punishment
Turtle found with tags riveted to shell.
Turtles Stolen From Pilcher Park Nature Center.
Wildlife workers appear in court with protected animals.
State Asks Keys Residents For Help Collecting Reptile Data.
Search for giant snapping turtle.
Did You Know…
The alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) is the heaviest freshwater turtle in the world. The alligator snapping turtle is given its name because of its immensely powerful jaws and long, spring-like neck, as well as distinct ridges on its shell that are similar to the rough, ridged skin of an alligator.
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Photo from Orianne Society